Bible Truth FAQs
In the modern news reports we hear about campaigns for "gay rights," and prominent people unashamedly admit to being homosexuals. The extent of participation in all forms or sexual immorality may not be any different now than what it has been throughout world history, but people have now become so brazenly shameless so that more publicity results. What do the scriptures say about homosexuality?
God destroyed the world with the flood because the great wickedness of man grieved him at his heart. Every imagination of the thoughts of man's heart was only evil continually (Gen. 6:5-7). God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone (Gen. 18:20; Gen. 19:24-25), because of their sexual immorality. The word "sodomy," derived from the name of the city or Sodom, is used to this day to mean homosexuality.
In Paul's letter to the church at Rome he gave account of the Gentiles' practice of homosexuality (Rom. 1:24-)2), using descriptive terms of uncleanness, vile affections, dishonoring their own bodies, unnatural use, and unseemly. Paul stated that God gave them over to a reprobate mind, and that they which commit such things are worthy of death. In I Cor. 6:9-11 Paul pointed out that some of the Christians at Corinth had been homosexuals prior to conversion, but they had become washed, sanctified, and justified. The blood of Christ will cleanse the vilest of sinners through their repentance (turning from sin) and scriptural baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
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